How Long Does Freight Shipping Take?

The first question every shipper wants answered from a trucking company while sending his cargo is “how long will the shipping take?”. Yet simple, the question has no definite answer since the shipment time of freight depends on several things. And while you may not be in a hurry, it feels good knowing exactly when your shipment will arrive at its destination. Knowing the answer also enables you to plan accordingly and set the right expectations for the delivery.

Let’s look at how we can calculate transit time for a shipment and what things impact delivery time, and what to expect from different cargo types and their service modes.

What Is Transit Time And How Is It Calculated?

Transit time is the interval of time a shipment takes to get delivered to its destination after it has been picked up from the point of departure. In other words, it is the amount of time spent when moving goods from one point to its final destination point and does not include the pickup day, holidays, or weekends. Transit time varies depending on delivery routes and the mode of transportation used.

Transit time is calculated based on several things, including the mode of transportation, delivery route, weather, seasonal trends, and whether the transit time is estimated or guaranteed.

Although most trucking companies will use all the available information to provide their customers with the most accurate transit time, it is essential to keep in mind that the shipment can take more or less time to be delivered. Below are some of the things that can impact the transit time.

Distance And Route

Usually, freight needs to be shipped a longer distance takes more time than freight required to be delivered within a state or a town. Not only does the added distance make the transit time longer, but drivers can operate only for certain hours of a day to comply with the Hours of Service law. So suppose a shipment is traveling from coast to coast compared to traveling a few cities over, it will be faced with more mandatory breaks and will have a longer transit time.

Where the freight is coming from and heading to also impacts the shipment type. If the shipment is coming from or heading to an area with less freight movement, it may take longer than usual to deliver the cargo.


Extreme weather conditions can have a significant impact on your cargos shipping time. If hit by unexpected strong winds, snowstorms, blizzards, or rain, the truck carrying the load will have to make a few extra stops to remain safe or protect the freight and truck. This sometimes creates delays for a few hours or days and sometimes for an extended time in severe weather conditions. If you’re shipping to or from an area that regularly experiences such weather, it is crucial to plan.

Transit Time Depending On The Mode Of Transport

Full Truckload (FTL): FTL usually is not co-mingled with different shipment orders and therefore is the fastest way to ship over the road. In FTL, the truck travels directly to the destination with no unnecessary stops in between.

Less-Than-Truckload (LTL): This is a cost-effective way to move smaller, different kinds of shipment, and because the freight is co-mingled, it stops at various stops for loading and unloading. This makes the transit time longer and slower than FTL.

Get The Transit Time You Need With DSONS Transport

DSONS Transport provides the best international and local truckload services like LTL and FTL. We also offer affordable reefer and dry van services in Edmonton. Our experienced team makes sure that your goods are transported in the transit time you need, and there are no unnecessary delays along the way.

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